Nicole • May 31, 2012

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat reckons that Jenna-Louise Coleman arrival as the new companion on Doctor Who will have a major impact on the show.

Speaking on Radio 5 to Richard Bacon, he said, “It’s just very exciting. When a new companion comes in it sort of reboots the show a little bit, it makes you look at the Doctor differently, it makes the show feel different, that’s already happening. It’s literally a new beginning, you’re back to chapter one, in a way it’s always a story of someone getting to know the Doctor, and now it’s Jenna’s character. There’s a lot of ways (her character) will be different, but I’m not telling you what they are! Jenna is just wonderful and spiky and salty and clever: again – just as Doctor Who always does – it becomes a different show, and I’m thrilled with her, everyone’s going to be.” [via Doctor Who News]

Coleman has actually started work on her first episode, but it’s not the one she’ll first appear in on screen. Instead she been filming one of the episode due to air in 2013, after the Christmas special in which she’ll make her debut (Moffat’s still writing that, apparently). Locations filmed thus far have included the Manor House at Plas Llanmihangel, Margam Country Park and Gethin Woodland Park. [also via Doctor Who News]

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Nicole • May 31, 2012

Added some more on set images from yesterday’s filming, all the credits go to Ryan Farrell!

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Nicole • May 30, 2012

Seems that Matt and Jenna were filming episode 11 today at Margam Park, and we have a glimpse of Jenna in this on set pic that Simon Watkins took!

You can just make out Matt’s new attire in the distance (naff pic, better later) ‪#dwsr‬ Maybe dark maroon or brown @simon_watkins

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According to Ryan Farrell, the Jenna’s character’s name is Clara.

EDIT: Added a new image always thanks to Ryan Farrell.

Nicole • May 29, 2012

The BBC have announced that the Maxine Peake starring drama Room At The Top will finally be shown on BBC Four over a year after it failed to materialise on it’s original air date.

Room At The Top was due to be broadcast in April 2011 but following a copyright dispute between Remus Films and the estate of writer John Braine the drama was pulled from the schedules.

Adapted from Braine’s 1950’s set novel it tells the story of Joe Lampton (Matthew McNulty) a working class boy who leaves his village for the mill town of Warley with plans to marry into high society. After joining the local amateur dramatic society he finds himself torn between two women.

Production company Great Meadow said, “the producer of the TV adaptation of Room At The Top, Great Meadow Productions, is pleased to announce that the issue of copyright between Remus Films and the estate of John Braine, represented by David Higham Associates, has been resolved.”

Great Meadow added that the two part drama will be shown on BBC Four, “in the near future.”

Amongst the cast are new Doctor’s companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, Kevin R McNally (Pirates of The Caribbean) and Zoe Telford (Sherlock).
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Mayara • May 24, 2012

Jenna-Louise Coleman began her tenure as the new co-star of Doctor Who this week, with the actress spotted yesterday at the end of filming her first scenes on location at Plas Llanmihangel Manor House, South Glamorgan.

The read-through for her first episode to be recorded took place on Monday, with the BBC’s official Doctor Who Twitter feed stating: “History has been made! A new era begins! Jenna-Louise Coleman has just completed her first Doctor Who read-through. One word. Brilliant!”

Details of her character are being kept under wraps, at least for present. Speaking to Digital Spy, Steven Moffat said when we could expect to learn more:

Christmas! But don’t expect to learn everything! We’ve got a good story and there are some proper legitimate surprises in it. I’m excited by it. I think we’re going to do some fun stuff.

We can’t really contain everything, because people will crawl all over us with cameras and sneak views of scripts and call-sheets. Something will get out. But we’ve been fairly sly, so let’s wait and see.

Moffat also explained the later launch of the new series this year:

I don’t know, on this occasion, that the thinking particularly came from me, actually. I’ve always been open to anything that shakes [the series] up. I think that decision actually came from the BBC. But I’ve been well up for anything that we can do to shake up the transmission pattern, the way we deliver it to the audience and how long we make the audience wait, simply because that makes Doctor Who an event piece.

The more Doctor Who becomes a perennial, the faster it starts to die. You’ve got to shake it up, you’ve got to keep people on edge and wondering when it will come back. Sherlock is the prime example, as far as that goes. Sherlock almost exists on starving its audience. By the time it came back this year, Sherlock was like a rock star re-entering the building!

So keeping Doctor Who as an event, and never making people feel, ‘Oh, it’s lovely, reliable old Doctor Who – it’ll be on about this time, at that time of year’. Once you start to do that, just slowly, it becomes like any much-loved ornament in your house – ultimately invisible. And I don’t want that to ever be the case.

“We were really lucky to catch her. As we arrived, literally, she was leaving.” (Photo by: Gareth Bundy)

Source: Doctor Who News